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We do our best make it easy and affordable to take action for your pet and those in our area.

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We also hold lost animals, maintain a public dog park, and provide cremation and euthanasia services. Mouse over the ‘Services’ tab to learn more.

The Humane Society of NWPA is an Open-Access Animal Shelter

Q. WHAT IS AN OPEN-ACCESS ANIMAL SHELTER?

A. The Humane Society of NWPA is an open access— animal shelter. This means that we will not turn away ANY animal that comes to our doors. While open access shelters like the Humane Society will give at least temporary refuge to ALL animals, many limited admission shelters—which sometimes call themselves “no-kill”—limit in a variety of ways the animals that will receive admission. These decisions can be based on a moral objection to euthanasia, the best allocation of a shelter’s funds or other personal beliefs.

Q. WHAT HAPPENS AFTER ANIMALS ARE ADMITTED TO THIS SHELTER?

A. Many animals are healthy, good-natured dogs and cats who go up for adoption. We DO NOT place limits on how long they can stay up for adoption in the shelter. In addition, we also work to provide alternatives to placing animals who require a different solution. We work with rescues such as Gentle Ben's, Ohio English Bulldog Rescue, Tri-State Basset Rescue, Weimaraner Rescue of the North, Keystone Golden Retriever who all help us place adoptable animals. There is, however, a lesser number of animals that come to our shelter too sick, too severely injured, or too aggressive or behaviorally unsound to be adopted out into the community. When these situation arise, we strongly believe that euthanasia is the most humane alternative to an existence of suffering and pain or being limited to life in a cage.

Q. HOW DOES THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF NWPA WORK TO FULFILL OUR MISSION?

A. The Humane Society of NWPA believes in helping the greatest number of animals with the resources available. It is the efforts of our amazing volunteers, board members and staff that help our animals by working to educate the community through programs and initiatives. Simply turning a back on these animals and merely pronouncing that euthanasia shouldn’t exist won’t make euthanasia go away: tirelessly working toward more animal adoptions, further pet pregnancy prevention, animal rehabilitation, and educating the public will minimize the necessity of animal euthanasia in our community.

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